The R's aren't reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic anymore. They are reduce, reuse and recycle. The easiest way to reduce waste is not to create it. By reducing and reusing, you can save natural resources and lower the costs of waste management. In 2009, 243 million tons of waste was generated in the U.S. -- 4.3 pounds per person per day.
Before you throw anything in your trash, ask yourself how you can reuse it or if you can recycle it. Do the obvious to reduce your waste. Switch from disposable diapers to cloth. Use cloth shopping bags -- not paper or plastic. Skip the bottled water and put a filter on your faucet instead.
Last year, over 38 billion plastic bottles ended up in landfills. If you need a portable water bottle, make it stainless steel. Pura Stainless Steel bottles are the perfect alternative to plastic bottles. Stainless steel resists corrosion and staining, and they are 100% BPA-free. Pura Stainless Steel offers bottles in a variety of sizes including baby bottles.
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Make a commitment to save water. You'll save money too!
Be eco-friendly by eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in your home. Believe it or not, you can make natural cleaning solutions from salt, baking soda and vinegar that are tough on dirt and grime.
Growing food yourself saves money, plus it cuts down on the energy used to mass produce and transport food. If you don't have a green thumb, help organize a community garden or, at the least, buy all your food from local farmers.
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